Power Play is Powerless
Oct 17, 2009
Admirals goalie Mark Dekanich was sharp, but the team’s power play let him down as Milwaukee lost its second straight game in Abbotsford, 2-1, on Saturday night.
Milwaukee’s power play, the best in the AHL entering the night, didn’t score in seven attempts. The Admirals allowed just one power play to the Heat.
The lone goal of the first period was a changeup from the right point that appeared to throw of the timing of Milwaukee goalie Dekanich. Keith Seabrook’s shot, with an extra attacker on the ice due to a delayed penalty against Milwaukee, was deflected by an Admirals defender and slid underneath the right leg of the Admirals netminder at 13:13.
Abbotsford nearly made it 2-0 at 14:46 of the first when David Van der Gulik had a shorthanded breakaway. He was taken down by Milwaukee’s Alex Sulzer and awarded a penalty shot. However, Dekanich made the save.
The Heat did, indeed, grab a two goal lead after a Milwaukee turnover in the neutral zone. Abbotsford’s Brett Sutter took the puck to the middle of the ice and fired a low shot from just inside the blue line that eluded Dekanich with 4:31 to play in the third period.
With around two minutes to go, Dekanich was pulled for an extra attacker. The Admirals did get on the board with just 42 seconds to play when Dave Scatchard knocked in a blooper of a shot from Alex Sulzer at the right point. The goal was Scatchard’s third of the season.
Dekanich stopped 24 of 26 in the loss.
Milwaukee visits Rockford October 23 before opening the home schedule October 24, at 7:30 pm versus the Manitoba Moose at the Bradley Center. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.